On friday 7 june 2019 Andrea Santana Covarrubias will defend her her PhD Thesis Is 'porque' more like 'because' or like 'omdat'? A study of causality and subjectivity in Spanish reversed causal connectives in the University Hall.
Connectedness is an inherent property of discourse: We generate a mental representation of discourse by relating information units of text.
Some causal connectives specialize in expressing subjective causal relations while others specialize in expressing objective causal relations. Various corpus-based studies have revealed this systematic variation in terms of subjectivity in different languages. However, there are not detailed data in Spanish from this cognitive perspective.
Backward causal connectives
This dissertation aims to explore the relevance of causality and subjectivity for the use of backward causal connectives in Spanish. Principally, it investigates whether Spanish backward causal connectives show a systematic variation in terms of subjectivity.
Results revealed that these connectives do not encode subjectivity as evidently as in other languages. In comparison with other languages, Spanish and English do not make subjectivity distinctions in the lexicon of causal connectives. This underlines the need for reconsidering the hypothesis that causal connectives of all languages show a systematic variation in terms of subjectivity. It seems that some languages make subjectivity distinctions in the lexicon of connectives, while others do not. Therefore, we need to understand the systematization of backward causal connectives in terms of degrees of subjectivity.